Barack Obama rides a tricycle during his childhood in Hawaii.
Barack Obama on Waikiki beach
Barack Obama on Waikiki beach before his mother married Lolo Soetoro and moved with the child and her new husband to Indonesia.
Barack walks along Waikiki Beach, 1967.
Two-year-old Barack Hussein Obama
Two-year-old Barack Hussein Obama, in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1963.
Obama's mother, Ann Dunham
Obama's mother, Ann Dunham with her two-year-old son, Barack, in 1963.
Stanley Dunham, Ann, Maya and Barack Obama
Stanley Dunham, Ann, Maya and Barack Obama in Hawaii in the early 1970s.
Barack Obama Sr.
Barack Obama Sr. poses with his son in the Honolulu airport during Obama Sr.'s only visit to see his son.
Ann Dunham, Maya, and Barack Obama
At their home in Jakarta, Ann Dunham poses in this undated photo with her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, their daughter, Maya, and Barack Obama.
Barack and his ninth-grade class
Barack and his ninth-grade class at Punahou School in 1976.
Barack with fellow members of Ka Wai Ola
Barack with fellow members of Ka Wai Ola, a literary magazine at Punahou, in a photo from the Oahuan yearbook.
Barack playing univarsity basketball
Barack playing univarsity basketball at Punahou in 1979.
Barack’s senior yearbook photo.
Barack Hussein Obama
The newly elected first black president of the Harvard Law Review, February 1990.
Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama on their wedding day
Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama on their wedding day, October 18, 1992, with Michelle’s mother, Marian Robinson, at left, and Barack’s mother, Ann Dunham.
Barack Hussein Obama
Much of his convention speech, and the subject of his 1995 memoir "Dreams From My Father," focused on his diverse family. Born in Hawaii on Aug. 4, 1961, Obama was the son of a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya who left to study economics at Harvard, and then returned to Kenya, seeing his son just once afterwards. Obama was raised by his mother's parents. In 2006, he visited his father's mother in Kenya.
Obama's mother remarried and moved to Indonesia, where he lived from ages six to 10. But he mostly grew up in Hawaii with his grandparents Stanley Dunham, a furniture salesman, and Grandma "Toot", who worked in a bank. He talked in The Speech of his grandfather's enlisting after Pearl Harbor, his grandmother's work at a bomb assembly line and how after the war, "they studied on the GI Bill, bought a house through FHA..."
Obama was a scholarship student at the Punahou School
Obama was a scholarship student at the Punahou School, an elite prep school in Honololu. Two pages from his 1978 senior class yearbook show him playing basketball, and going by the name Barry. He later insisted on the name on his birth certificate (which was also his father's name), which means "Blessed" in Arabic. Obama went on to graduate from Columbia University.
Barack Obama - Community Organizer, Lawyer, Professor
After graduating college, Obama worked for three years first in Harlem and then in Chicago as a community organizer. He then attended Harvard Law School, where he was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. Upon graduating, he returned to Chicago working as a civil rights lawyer, and lecturing on constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.
Obama married Michelle Robinson
Obama married Michelle Robinson, a fellow Harvard Law School graduate whom he had met in Chicago, on Oct. 18, 1992. The Obamas have two daughters, Malia, born in 1999, and Natasha, known as Sasha, born in 2001. Four years after they married, Obama won a seat in the Illinois state legislature, sponsoring legislation on the death penalty and racial profiling.
Barack Obama Luck And Landslide
Obama's race for the U.S. Senate benefited from what he has called "my almost spooky good fortune." His initial Republican opponent -- in a startling repeat of what happened to his wealthiest Democratic primary opponent -- was felled by scandalous revelations from his divorce. Still, Obama won by landslides in both the primary and the general election.
Barack Obama - In The Senate
Obama and Dick Durbin, the two U.S. senators representing Illinois, lead a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing in Illinois to address the needs of returning veterans. Obama has sponsored legislation to care for returned U.S. military personnel, as well as laws on lobbying, electoral fraud, and climate change.
Barack Obama - Conciliatory and Charismatic
His approach to politics, articulated in The Speech, is to look for common ground: "There's not a liberal America and a conservative America; there's the United States of America. ...The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue States… But I've got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don't like federal agents poking around our libraries in the red states…."
Barack Obama - Statehouse To The White House?
Obama chose the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Ill., where he was a legislator (as was his hero Abraham Lincoln), to announce that he was running for president, Feb. 10, 2007. "There is no doubt that my background is not typical of a presidential candidate," Obama said in an October debate. "That is part of what is so powerful about America."
Barack Obama - Second Book, 11 Years After The First
"The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream" argues for using civility and Americans' "shared understandings" to help solve problems. "You don't need a poll to know that the vast majority of Americans – Republican, Democrat, and independent – are weary of the dead zone that politics has become," he writes. "We sense – correctly – that the nation's most significant challenges are being ignored."